Made it to Pittsburgh for the 2015 Fiat FreakOut earlier this week and decided to take a look at this historic city that has contributed much to the world. Pittsburgh was a pillar of the industrial revolution and the hub of America's steel production for nearly 100 years. During World War II, Pittsburgh produced more steel than Germany, Japan and Italy combined. The city also outproduced all the allied countries put together. There is a nearly countless list of innovative firsts developed in the city and by its residents. These include:
- Alternating current is developed by Pittsburgh's Westinghouse Electric.
- Pittsburgh's George Ferris invented the first Ferris Wheel.
- Dr. Jonas Salk, of the University of Pittsburgh, developed the polio vaccine.
- The first wire cable suspension aqueduct bridge.
- The Western Hemispheres first successful petroleum refinery.
- The world’s first motion picture theater.
- The first gas station.
- The first full-scale atomic-powered electric plant.
- The first production of commercial aluminum.
Here are some random shots of Pittsburgh while we toured the city in our Fiat 500X.
Lots of cozy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh filled with shops, restaurants and theaters.
Senator John Heinz History Center is a must see. You will learn the fascinating history of Pittsburgh and all the surprising contributions the city has made to the world.
Source: Pittsburgh Firsts